We are thrilled that you are looking for more information about Bowdoin College and we hope this page gathers the answers to some of your questions.
Our students provide many reasons for choosing Bowdoin and the answers, as personal as they are, tend to point to some of the long-standing values and personality of Bowdoin. We are built on the principle of the common good—to recognize the opportunity for learners to both consume and contribute at the same time. Our students are motivated, and curious, and they expect to collaborate, to share, and honor the differences they bring to the conversation.
Likewise, Bowdoin’s admission practices honor the same values we expect from our students—deliberate and thoughtful consideration, and respect for each individual applicant.
We invite you to call and talk with any of our admissions or student aid staff.
Dean of Admissions and Student Aid
We have a history of prioritizing access in admissions:
- eliminating the requirement of standardized testing (in 1969!)
- eliminating the application fee for any student who is also applying for student aid or is first in their family to attend college
- practicing need-blind admission review, plus meeting full demonstrated need, and meeting that need without requiring loans
- accepting applications from QuestBridge, the Common Application, and the Coalition Application